From California to Ukraine: Empowering Women and Girls

Girls’ Power Association (GPA) of Santa Monica College has partnered with Friends of UNFPA to deliver lifesaving sexual and reproductive care to women and girls in Ukraine.  GPA is a club that pursues women’s freedom, fairness, and rights and works to eliminate discrimination and sexual harassment in school…

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Safe and Sound in Zaatari Camp for Syrian Refugees 

Every soon-to-be mom wants her birth to be smooth and for her and the baby to be healthy. But for women whose lives have been thrown into disarray by a refugee crisis, the questions become more fundamental. Where will I be when I go into labor? How long…

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Free maternal health services are a lifeline to expectant mothers in Yemen

On her way to the health center to give birth, Hailah almost fell off the back of a borrowed motorbike – twice. An oil shortage has led to high transportation costs. Her husband, Hamid, works in Saudi Arabia, but only makes a small income. That is how Hailah…

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Women and Girls at Risk in Ukraine Emergency

Numbers as of April 6, 2022 UNFPA is deeply concerned about the war in Ukraine. Over 10 million people – roughly a quarter of the Ukrainian population – have fled their homes. Nearly 6.5 million are forcibly displaced within Ukraine, over 4.2 million, mostly women and children, have…

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Another Year of War: Stories from the Syrian Diaspora

Syria has entered its 11th year of war. Over 13 million Syrians have had to leave their homes—and about half have left their country for Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt. Displacement and migration threaten women and girls’ access to essential reproductive health services, like prenatal and safe…

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Women and youth take climate action in Malawi

NKHATA BAY, Malawi Had village elders not intervened in stopping her parents from marrying her off at 13, Catherine would have become another statistic. Malawi has one of the highest child marriage rates in the world at 42 percent. And, 9 percent of girls become child brides before…

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Las niñas y adolescentes merecen tener un futuro seguro y brillante.

El 95 por ciento de los embarazos adolescentes se producen en niñas y adolescentes que están fuera del sistema educativo. Conoce más sobre las iniciativas del Gobierno de El Salvador aquí. El Salvador, a través de varios programas de educación, está trabajando para aumentar la cobertura escolar especialmente…

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Iraqi Youth Turn an ISIL Prison into a Space for Healing 

Peeling paint. Shattered windows. Piles of bricks and tiles layered with dust. This was what youth activists in Iraq’s Anbar governate had to work with when they rehabilitated a former ISIL prison into a safe space last year.   Before the war broke out in 2014, the building…

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Girls and adolescents deserve to have a safe and bright future!

95 percent of adolescent pregnancies occur in girls and adolescents outside the educational system. Learn more about initiatives from the Government of El Salvador. El Salvador, through several education programs, is working to increase school coverage especially for those girls in the most vulnerable situations, particularly those who…

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As Fighting Escalates in Ukraine, UNFPA Warns of the Impact on Women and Girls

UNFPA is deeply concerned about the escalation of conflict in Ukraine, and the humanitarian needs will dramatically escalate. We have been working in Ukraine for decades, expanding access to reproductive health services to some of the hardest-to-reach people. We will stay and scale up the delivery of life-saving…

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